ID this headless bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by birdxofxprey, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. ok bass players,

    i just picked this up dirt cheap, :hyper: and there's not a brand name anywhere on it. the previous owner sanded and painted it (and did a rotten job too). everything except the jack to plug it in is in good working order - and that piece just needs a quick resolder.

    the pups are rusted on the poles and there are screws missing from the bridge, but that's easy enough to spiff up.

    most importantly, the bass sounds killer! i cannot believe the growl and bite that this thing has. as far as i can tell, it's made of wood (no carbon, etc.), neck through (or perhaps set, but there's no evidence of any bolts), single truss rod, rosewood board, painted white before the current hack job...

    body is shaped like a cort , but there are no brand names indicated anywhere on the bridge or in the electronics cavity. previous owner says it may be as much as 20 years old.

    from the sound, i'd swear it was one of geddy's old steinies :D

    any guesses as to what this is?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    It's a Cort. I don't remember the name of it.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol


    They used licensed Steinberger hardware so you can probably get spare parts from MusicYo.
  4. mine is completely passive, no toggle or LED like yours.

    also, the bridge on mine has a different plate on the front with holes for 7 screws (one in each corner, and one between each of the tuners), so i don't know if that's a steinberger licensed bridge or not.

    mine also has a 24 fret board, which i didn't think the cort model had...

    still think it's a cort?
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    The Cort has 24 frets.
    Your instrument has been refinished so it's fair thinking that many things aren't stock on it.
  6. thanks Jazz - muh appreciated!
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Definitely a Cort B2-A. I owned one for a few years. Mine was the active version as shown in the picture. But it was a weird kinda active as it was still VVT. All it did was boost the output signal a little bit when switched on.
  8. Stuggi

    Stuggi Guest

    May 7, 2006
    Pietarsaari, Finland
    Lot's of basses like that, the G&L preamps just boosts the signal (there's a bit tone coloring as well)
  9. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    A white version of that bass (passive electronics) was my very first bass. Wish I would have kept her.
  10. didn't hondo make a copy of these at one time?
  11. pingone


    Nov 29, 2007
    did you get that thing off of craigslist in indy?
  12. cdfolds

    cdfolds Guest

    Dec 13, 2007
    my first bass was a lotus, from what i remember it looked a lot like what you have there. neck through, passive pick-ups, 24 frets, steinberger licensed bridge. i think mine was a couple of years old and i owned it in 1986.
  13. yup, uh huh.
  14. pingone


    Nov 29, 2007
    i've been debating on that thing for about a month now. did you have give $75 for it?
  15. yeah, it was 75. a pretty good deal i think. the bass was filthy, i mean really crapped up - on the fretboard and everywhere else. i've given it a good cleaning today and also resoldered the jack where you plug it in. i think it probably needs a new jack, but i'll hang with it for now.

    the balance and "hang" of the headless is pretty weird. if it doesn't "take" with me, want me to give you a holler?
  16. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    $2 bracket and two screws and 10 mins will fix that. Search for Synapse strap pin extender.